See my last ‘2 Noob Questions’ post.
I’m one of yer long-time users who NEEDS Wavelab but does NOT use it every day. And while WL10 is -waaaaaaaaaay- better than WL7, it is still -waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay- too hard to use if you don’t use it every day. And by that I mean there are quite a number of UI things that “you just have to memorise”… or yer totally screwed.
For example, take the ‘Scroll’ command (which is the Follow command in Cubase).
The names should be harmonised. It drives me NUTS that they are two different things in two programs from the same vendor.
The key commands should be harmonised. Or at least, there should be an -option- to harmonise them… again for the same reason. One vendor, one set of key commands and naming.
Such an obvious command should be BIGGER THAN SHIT and SUPER-OBVIOUS on the screen. Or, again, there should be an OLD GUY UI option that puts common functions like that on a ‘tool bar’ that is ALWAYS visible. Think of this like ‘training wheels’.
The deal where the top half of the waveform does -some- things and the bottom half does -other- things is genius, but unless you use the program every day, you tend to forget that "double clicking on the top half is how you -select- the clip and that -selecting- the clip is NOT the same as being the ‘active’ clip.
There are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many context-sensitive ribbons and menus and functions where, unless you have one thing selected, you aren’t even -aware- that the thing yer looking for exists. Just binding CD Markers to the beginning/end of a clip has been MADDENING to me because I -know- the function to do it all in one go is there -somewhere-. Somewhere.
And last but not least… and I know this is a hard one: The on-line help is NOT helpful for a lot of this. For example, if I need to look up the ‘Scroll’ command in WL… but I’m -convinced- that it’s actually the ‘Follow’ command (because I work in Cubase every day) I’m just FUCKED.
A few years ago I railed, yelled, SCREAMED about the CD Wizard going away for all the above reasons. It made it EASY for an infrequent user such as myself to be productive. NOW, as much as I appreciate ‘the power’ of WL10, I get frustrated doing -simple- things because, unless I spend a bunch of time re-acclamating, I -suffer- with the re-learning curve.
There are periods where I work in WL for literally months… and then I’m great. But there are also periods where I won’t go near it for six weeks. And that is just enough time to lose most of the above. There needs to be some way to bridge the above gaps because I’m quite sure I’m not alone.
I think one solution (in addition to some option to harmonise nomenclature and keycommands with Cubase) might be something like how Adobe Creative Suite has a “User Command Window” where you can literally drop in -your- most often used commands. I use that ALL the time. The really great thing about it is that hovering over a command also gives you the keyboard shortcut -and- tells you where in the regular menu system it can be found. It’s a -tremendous- educational tool.
With much love,